Business as normal at Wyndwell home

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IT’S business as normal at the Peterhead care home affected by the collapse of owners Argus Care Group which went into administration last week.

Wyndwell Care Home staff, together with residents and their families, have been assured that the services provided at the Harbour Street home will continue despite the administration proceedings.

Accountants and business advisers PKF were appointed administrators last week and introduced Leicester-based Select Care Services to meantime continue operations.

PKF said buyers would be sought amid efforts to minimise disruption to residents and staff alike, but made a catagoric statement that Select were not the new owners.

No such sale can be completed until registration documentation is transferred which could take weeks or even months.

Argus - an Aberdeen-based care home company - operated 12 nursing and residential homes across Scotland employing 780 staff and caring for 500 residents.

In a letter to all MSPs in whose constituencies affected care homes operated, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “Two well established consultant care providers, Care Concern and Select Care, have been appointed in the short tem to oversee the management of care in the 12 homes currently within the Argus Care Group under administration.

“The intention is for these operators to take over in the longer term, subject to appropriate business terms being agreed and regulatory conditions being satisfied. ”

Commenting on the news, local MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “I have been in contact with the administrators, PKF, this morning regarding the situation as clearly there will be some people with relatives and loved ones at Wyndwell who may be concerned.

“The administrators were at pains to reassure me that there is no risk of closure and they have operators in place running the care homes as usual.

“PKF advise that things are looking positive in terms of finding new owners and I have also offered my assistance should it be required in any dealings with the local authority and other agencies.”

qMeanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council is phasing in changes to its sheltered housing service and introducing new arrangements for cleaning in all of its sheltered housing complexes over the next few months.

Changes will be phased in and completed by the end of January 2012.